Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin won’t be on the ground in the Garden State stumping for Steve Lonegan, but she’s leaving little doubt on who she supports to be the state’s next U.S. senator.
The Republican nominee’s campaign issued a statement from the former governor and vice presidential nominee Wednesday evening announcing her support for his campaign. Palin took a swipe at Lonegan’s opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and told supporters not to buy into hype that the Senate seat is destined to fall into the hands of a Democratic candidate.
Below is Palin’s endorsement of Lonegan:
"On October 16, New Jersey has the choice of two mayors to send to the U.S. Senate. Only one of these mayors has embraced and governed by the values of New Jersey's state motto - "Liberty and Prosperity."
"During one mayor's tenure his town's unemployment nearly doubled, taxes skyrocketed, and violent crime increased; but in fairness, Newark Mayor Cory Booker may not have noticed these facts between his constant tweeting and trips to Hollywood.
Contrast this with Mayor Steve Lonegan. As mayor, Steve cut wasteful spending, eliminated wasteful services, stabilized taxes, and reduced debt. Perhaps it was Steve's prior experience as a successful small business owner and entrepreneur that encouraged him to lead with conservative principles. He understands that government is too often the problem, not the solution.
Steve asked for my support, and today I officially endorse his candidacy. I encourage voters in New Jersey to give Steve a look and not believe those in the media who tell us conservatives can't win in certain areas! Steve's own electoral history proves that theory untrue.
New Jersey deserves better! Steve Lonegan will fight to preserve our Liberty against government regulations like Obamacare that seek to limit our Prosperity. Let's come together, turn out, work hard, and elect conservative Steve Lonegan to the U.S. Senate on October 16!"
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